Ancient Flute

Ancient Flute
Exhibit item
Date of discovery: 
2004
Discovered by: 
Nicholas J. Conard
Age: 
About 35,000 years old
Site: 
Geissenklösterle Cave, Germany

Creating musical instruments

This flute is one of the world’s oldest manufactured musical instruments. Two pieces of carved and hollowed-out mammoth ivory were joined together and sealed. The flute had at least three finger holes and played a five-note scale.

Mammoth ivory flute (cast) from Geissenklosterle Cave, Germany.